Nikhil V. Karkarey is the backbone behind the Walnut Concept. He holds a B.E in Computer Science. He also has an M.S in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, USA. He handles technology and finance at Walnut. He is also active in the technology community in Pune. Recently, he has initiated work on a nation-wide open source computational thinking curriculum for schools called CSPathshala, which is being implemented at Walnut Schools too. Earlier, he was looking after technology in Millennium National School for over a decade, and later also headed the administration of the school. Nikhil was also involved with the Computer Society of India, and organized various conferences on computer science. He was also the Chairman of the Pune Chapter for 2014-15. He also guides various students for projects in Computer Science, and as a passion, wants to connect academia and the IT industry. He is also involved closely with the budding startup community in Pune, and is one of the POCC core team. Prior to returning to India, Nikhil was employed with EMC Corporation, USA in their Advanced Research team, and StorageTek in various capacities.